Dr. Joe Leigh Simpson,

Dr. Joe Leigh Simpson, MD, FACOG, FACMGDr. Joe Leigh Simpson, MD, FACOG, FACMG is the clinical director of RGI’s PGD program. He received his undergraduate and medical education at Duke University (M.D., 1968), and postgraduate training at Cornell University Medical College. He is Past President of the Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis International Society and Past President of the American Society Reproductive Medicine. He is President Elect of International Federation Fertility Society. Prior academic positions have included Northwestern University, (Professor and Head, Section of Human Genetics), University of Tennessee Memphis, (Chairman OB/GYN), Baylor College of Medicine, (Chairman, OB/GYN) and Florida International University (Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs). He retains appointments at Florida International. He is certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics as well as the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.


Dr. Simpson has played leadership roles in many other professional organizations. These include, President of International Society of Prenatal Diagnosis, President of the Society for Gynecologic Investigation and President of the American College of Medical Genetics. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine (IOM). He currently serves as Senior Vice President of Research and Global Programs for the March of Dimes Foundation.

Dr. Simpson has written 15 major books and over 750 articles and chapters. His research has been funded by National Institutes of Health and other organizations. He remains active in many areas of prenatal genetic diagnosis and reproductive genetics, not only preimplantation genetic diagnosis but recovering cell free DNA and fetal cells from maternal blood.